A leak involving TV3

January 24th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

An online broadcast of the Prime Minister’s state of the nation speech took live streaming to a whole new level after a reporter treated viewers to, er, a stream of his own. 

3 News Political Editor needed a toilet break after John Key’s speech today but forgot something – his mic was still turned on.

Listeners – thankfully there was no camera in there – were treated to an unmistakable tinkling sound.

Gower was taking it all in good humour, dubbing the incident “leakgate” and said “it could have been lot worse”.

“I’ve been involved in a lot of leaks in my time, but this is the first time it actually involved me taking one. 

“I was caught short, I admit that but I will say this: It could have been a hell of lot worse.”

He offered his apologies to anyone who might have been affected by leakgate. 

Gower is closing the door on a ministerial inquiry.

“I blame technical difficulties that were beyond my control,” he said.

“I am responsible but not to blame. For that reason, I have decided against a high-powered and wide-ranging inquiry.”

That would be a leak inquiry.

This also happened once to a CNN reporter, but worse her toilet break was broadcast on top of a speech by President Bush where she dissed her sister in law.

But probably the worst ever accidential open mike:

Oh dear.

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13 Responses to “A leak involving TV3”

  1. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    Well there goes Friday. Thanks Garner.

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  2. Manolo (13,762 comments) says:

    Gower, a hack and prima donna at the same time.

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  3. Keeping Stock (10,339 comments) says:

    The phrase “live stream from Patrick Gower” is forever going to have a different meaning :D

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  4. deadrightkev (468 comments) says:

    Boring

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  5. NK (1,243 comments) says:

    Agreed, Kevin. Boring.

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  6. Yogibear (366 comments) says:

    Was Bradley Ambrose holding it for him? (And i mean the microphone)

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  7. Keeping Stock (10,339 comments) says:

    Boring perhaps, but when like Gower your stock in trade is reporting on leaks, being the leaker instead of the leakee in somewhat ironic, in a perverse sort of way.

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  8. duggledog (1,556 comments) says:

    Boring, but the Parekura recording wasn’t. It was circulated and contained much, much more than the sounds of him taking a dump.

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  9. RRM (9,917 comments) says:

    Vomit.

    My 30 seconds back, please…

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  10. Nukuleka (325 comments) says:

    How can anyone take these political commentators seriously? They have low grade minds and childish attitudes.

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  11. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    Garner is supposed to be in the media and doesn’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re”. Embarrassing.

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  12. PaulP (150 comments) says:

    Zapper, It may not be a your” vs “you’re” issue. It may be that it should be “you now go into second place” rather than “you’re now in second place” – with a surplus “go”.

    Either way it is sloppy, but that’s what you expect on twitter I suppose.

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  13. PaulP (150 comments) says:

    Not sure that the audio has him washing his hands!

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